December 5, 2013 12:40
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is crafting policy for 2014 at its “States and Nation Policy” Summit this week.
Held in Washington, elected lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), former vice-presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Governor Mike Pence, (R-IN) and Senator Ron Johnson, (R-WI) are expected to address attendees.
Labor unions are expected to protest Thursday (12/5) outside of ALEC’s meeting to expose the organization’s ... [More]
December 4, 2013 10:59
Plenty of politicians are getting into the holiday spirit this season.
Union-busting governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is gearing up for his re-election next year and may as well be starring in the modern day version of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Friends of Scott Walker circulated a fundraising email that encouraged supporters during this holiday season to help save children from a future of double-digit tax increases and billion dollar budget deficits.“Instead of venturing into th... [More]
December 2, 2013 15:57
The Pew Foundation is trying to influence the pension debate in Jacksonville, Fla., but fire fighters won’t allow fuzzy math to affect their retirements.
Pew will make a presentation this week to the Jacksonville City Council about how the retirement fund can be managed and acquire money.
IAFF Jacksonville Local 122 knows that Pew and its billionaire supporters don’t have the solutions to help fire fighters and are doing what they can to let the public know that Pew’s numbe... [More]
November 27, 2013 10:15
Community outreach campaigns are an effective tool for promoting public safety, and can help foster relationships with city leaders, local businesses, the media and civic groups. The IAFF encourages affiliates to use these kinds of programs to improve their public image and influence how they are perceived by decision makers and the public.
To assist you in these efforts, the IAFF has prepared a sample press release and infographics that can be customized to send to your local media and to ci... [More]
November 25, 2013 15:03
Three U.S. Senators; Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) recently introduced a bill, the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act (S. 1678) to eliminate defined benefit plans for federal fire fighters and other government employees. Contrary to the bill’s name, the legislation would clearly do nothing to create parity among public and private retirement systems, forcing federal fire fighters to rely solely on their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), an expensive... [More]
November 22, 2013 10:11
Building a stronger labor union and fire fighter community is vital for our profession. In January 2014, IAFF members will gather in Lake Buena Vista, Florida to discuss issues that affect members in the firehouse and globally by understanding equality, diversity and leadership, at the annual Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) and IAFF Human Relations Conference.Lee Saunders, president of the 1.6 million member American Federation of State, County Municipal Employees (AFSCME), wil... [More]
November 21, 2013 09:48
Let this be a warning to all those who argue that public employee pensions should be slashed: the public is NOT on your side.
Over the past several months, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John and Laura Arnold Foundation have spearheaded efforts to make public employee retirements less secure.
However, a funny little thing happened as the duo tried to gain more support for their pension message --- the data collected for a recent survey actually supported why public employees deserve the pen... [More]
November 20, 2013 10:28
Don’t miss the opportunity to receive federal grant funding to bring the IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Train-the-Trainer program, the IAFF Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) and the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) certification program to your fire department by applying for an Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grant. The deadline for applications is December 6 at 5:00 Eastern Time. More than $320 million is available for FIRE Act grants to help fire departments and nonaffili... [More]
November 5, 2013 16:01
If you haven’t already read the Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) report about the efforts to undermine labor unions and the wages of workers then you should.
In 2010, fire fighters and the labor community fought against unprecedented attacks against workers’ rights to bargain collectively, organize, collect dues and plans to change their hard-earned pensions.
EPI’s report written by political economist Gordon Lafer traces the roots of the attacks and sheds light on the... [More]
November 4, 2013 15:50
Give a great gift and support the IAFF Charitable Foundation this holiday season.
You can help the IAFF Charitable Foundation help others by purchasing the finest wines from Armida Winery with 18 percent of the proceeds going to help fire fighters and their families when they need it most.
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The IAFF Charitable Foundation supports IAFF members and their families in the... [More]